Project Manager (Buildings)


Date Posted



Architecture September 17, 2018 Natural History Museum London, UK

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The Natural History Museum is recruiting a Buildings Project Manager, who will work from the Museum’s Central Project Office on a range of capital construction projects including building, services and estates infrastructure and refurbishment projects with a value of up to £10m.

The successful candidate will have experience of planning and delivering buildings projects in a complex environment. The post holder will have the ability to deal with multiple stakeholders and to plan and manage works within the broader Museum context, taking into account the impact on operations and on visitor experience and ensuring delivery of the service to the highest possible standards.


  1. Degree (or equivalent) in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Surveying, Construction, or similar equivalent Building Services qualifications, together with the suitable knowledge and experience in buildings projects plus membership of a professional body in a building related discipline.
  2. PRINCE 2 or other project management qualification.
  3. Significant experience of working in a project management role dealing with all aspects of delivering a project, including procurement and contract management, in a multidisciplinary environment, ideally within a large public sector organisation.
  4. Practical experience of managing building infrastructure/estate projects from inception through to delivery, including significant experience of site management with the ability to identify, resolve and make recommendations to rectify issues.
  5. Solid knowledge of relevant statutory UK/EU legislation, policies and procedures applicable to construction project management, including knowledge and experience of undertaking projects on Grade 1 listed buildings, and working with local and statutory authorities to achieve a successful outcome.
  6. Proven experience of construction health and safety (CDM) and ideally a health & safety NEBOSH/IOSH qualification.
  7. Knowledge and experience of environmental considerations in the delivery of energy efficient building and infrastructure refurbishment projects.
  8. Proven experience of managing allocated resources and budgets effectively, with the ability to monitor and control costs where possible.
  9. Proven experience of planning and delivering projects to agreed time and quality.
  10. Ability and confidence to communicate effectively at all levels, both verbally and in writing, with experience of influencing and negotiating. Ability to adapt the presentation of project information to make it relevant for different audiences.
  11. Demonstrable experience of stakeholder engagement and working effectively in teams.
  12. Demonstrable competency and working experience of using software programmes including Excel, Word, Powerpoint and MS Project or equivalent scheduling and programming systems. AutoCAD would be advantageous.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Project manage predominantly construction related projects that deliver elements of the Natural History Museum Strategy, focusing on capital, minor capital and improvement plans, taking responsibility for projects from initial proposal, through to feasibility, business case and all subsequent project stages to completion.
  • Ensure effective delivery of projects on time and to budget, meeting their objectives by following best practice identified in the Museum’s project processes and policies. Promote the continued development of quality standards.
  • Undertake project planning with colleagues to develop a shared understanding of stakeholder interests specific to the project, and work effectively in teams. Manage interdependencies with other projects and with day-to-day Museum operations.
  • Prepare detailed specifications for tendering to external contractors, and prepare detailed briefing documents for external consultants, as required.
  • Follow the Museum’s formal governance requirements, setting up and maintaining accurate project records and documentation, and provide updates on project progress to boards via written reports or verbal presentations as required.
  • Act as a point of liaison and ‘Intelligent Client’ for projects across the Museum programme, actively engaging on all estate matters, particularly in relation to integration with existing infrastructure and services, and forward maintenance planning.
  • Work closely with the Museum’s Health & Safety Unit and others, including the fire safety manager, principal designers, contractors, the site logistics team and HSE as necessary, to ensure safe management and working systems and environments for contractors, staff and visitors to the Museum. Compile risk assessments and RAID logs and ensure induction of site operatives on Museum H&S rules.
  • Manage cross-Museum project teams, and oversee consultants and contractors to ensure that projects are delivered to time and on budget, with acceptable performance levels.
  • Be responsible for resource allocation and flagging resource shortages and/or conflicts.
  • Manage project budgets (normally projects up to £5M), monitoring and controlling costs.
  • Identify issues and make recommendations for their resolution. Manage the change control process.

Closing date: October 1st, 2018